Golden State Warriors: Hopes remain high for James Wiseman

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 27: James Wiseman #33 of the Golden State Warriors takes a picture with a disposal camera during the Golden State Warriors Media Day at Chase Center on September 27, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 27: James Wiseman #33 of the Golden State Warriors takes a picture with a disposal camera during the Golden State Warriors Media Day at Chase Center on September 27, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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His rookie stint did not go as planned but James Wiseman still has high hopes for his second season with the Golden State Warriors.

Steve Kerr gave high praise to James Wiseman as the sophomore aims for his season debut with the Golden State Warriors.

The Warriors have been waiting since last April for Wiseman to appear in a game again. 2020’s No. 2 overall draft pick had a restricted rookie season and has been on the sideline ever since with a meniscus injury.

Even with the obstacles in front of Wiseman, his team is expecting him to become something great. Steve Kerr recently spoke on Wiseman’s status and expectations moving forward.

“So, let’s temper the expectations but be excited about his future because as he gets those reps, he’s got the potential to be a tremendous player,” said Kerr.

Wiseman has hardly gotten his feet wet at the NBA level and has plenty to learn but the raw potential is enough for the Dubs to be all-in on his future. For all of his troubles, Wiseman can still be a star in this league.

Last season, the big man averaged 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds before his injury. He failed to make either All-Rookie team as his inexperience held him back from being the impact player he was expected to be.

But, it is still early for Wiseman. Getting healthy is the first and most important step. After that, the road to being a valuable asset is a simple one — he just needs to be willing to learn and put in the work.

Developing Wiseman will not be as easy as it sounds. He has a lot to learn as an NBA-level rim protector but the physical gifts are there. It’s important not to give up on someone with so much upside and it appears the Warriors have faith in Wiseman.